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InterACT was established in 2004, initially as cooperation between Carnegie Mellon University and University of Karlsruhe, it has since expanded to include eight leading research Universities and Research and Deveolpment labs in major regional economies of the world.  The eight current members are:


  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
  • Italian Institute of Technology (Italy)

United States:

  • Carnegie Mellon University (USA, Pittsburgh & Silicon Valley)
  • University of Southern California (USA)


  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong, China)
  • Waseda University (Japan)
  • National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (Japan)
  • Nara Institute of science and Technology (Japan)

InterACT serves as a microcosm of globalization, exemplifying the way corporations, government bodies and organizations work, where research, development, innovation, technology transfer, marketing, sales, deployment, all happen on a global scale in a globally interconnected fashion.  InterACT and the participating Universities and Research Institutes build technologies that improve global communication and collaboration.  InterACT also provides training opportunities for students, faculty and scientists to expand interpersonal and intercultural skills that make human cooperation and team building on a global scale easier.

interACT history in a nutshell

Established initially as a collaboration at the Interactive Systems Laboratories of Universität Karlsruhe (TH) and Carnegie Mellon University in 1991 it has since grown and flourished into a joint center between the Computer Science departments of eight of the leading universities in this field worldwide.

Carnegie Mellon University and Universität Karlsruhe (TH) signed the cooperative agreement in 2004.

In February 2007, interACT opened a third center at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong, headed by Prof. Pascale Fung.

Already in September 2007, Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan joined interACT. interACT at Waseda University is headed by Prof. Atsuo Takanishi.

Beginning of 2010 three new partners completed interACT:

  • The Italian Institute of Technology (Prof. G. Sandini)
  • The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Tokyo, Japan (Prof. C. Hori)
  • The University of Southern California (Dr. St. Schaal).
Beginning of 2012 one new partner completed interACT:
  • Nara Institute of Science and Technology (Prof. S. Nakamura)